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Got my shoes and pedals

Old 09-01-05, 12:20 AM
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Got my shoes and pedals

I posted a few weeks ago seeking advice on pedals, and also searched for comments on shoes. I'm back to cycling seriously after a 20 yr layoff. Everything arrived last week and I'm really pleased.

Shoes were easy: Vittoria Unlimited, full carbon sole, my LBS had a good price, I tried them on and they were incredibly comfortable. Even though they were twice what I budgeted I went for them. In all these forums the comments were about Specialized and Sidi, and then there was just one comment on Vittoria: "like sex for your feet". He's right, great shoes, and I have wide feet and they fit so comfortably I can wiggle my toes when riding.

Pedals were harder: finally chose the Speedplay Zeroes, mostly because years ago when I rode a lot I had knee problems, I chose the Zeroes for the float and for the adjustment: if I don't have knee problems I can gradually tighten up on the float to a reasonable amount but less than the 15 degrees they start you with. Bought a spray can of lube and I spray them each time before I go riding, so far no maintenance problems, lost screws, or the other problems people spoke about.

Anyway, I like the Speedplays, even the infamous ice skating sensation, which I prefer to call incredible smoothness and fluidity.

Spent the first day riding slowly on paths in the park clipping in and clipping out. Next day out on the roads. So far (knock wood) haven't fallen yet.

Great combo. Although I admit that for a moment I missed my old Detto Pietros (my LBS had one ancient pair in the shop and I got real nostalgic!). But seriously, the new technology is a real improvement over my old leather soles, fixed cleats, clips, and straps.
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Old 09-01-05, 12:36 AM
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glad you like your pedals... I fell my first day on my Zeros and Im still having a hard time getting snapped in and out (been a few weeks). I just ordered some Crank Bros egg beater type pedals to try out on my mtn bike and I'll probably move them over to my road bike if they feel better. The Zeros are cool lookin tho
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sorry you didn't like the Zeroes, good luck with the Crank Bros.

actually I think the Zeroes look a little funny, especially as I got them in bright red, really is the lollipop look. Dinky little pedals, I keep waiting for some noncyclist to ask me what they are

but I think they're a really creative inversion of the usual clip design
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good luck,

You'll love them!!!!
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Enjoy...

Can you buy these shoes anywhere online????

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thanks, here's a link to the distributor with an LBS list. I'd do a Google Search to see if any of the big online vendors sell them.

http://www.torelli.com/vittoria/vittoria.shtml
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